Facebook has been constantly in the news since the Cambridge Analytica scandal had made its way to the public eye. Now, nearly two months after the controversy first came out, the social media giant is ready to make amendments. The company has already suspended around 200 apps as a part of its ongoing audits to weed out the third party apps that might have misused any user information.
This scheme is a part of Facebook’s ongoing audit, wherein it has employed internal and external experts to identify the apps that have misused user data using Facebook’s platform until 2015. Also, as per the blog post by the VP of Product Partnerships at Facebook Ime Archibong, the social media site has investigated thousands of third-party apps and suspended 200 of them, pending investigation to ascertain if they have indeed misused any data.
The social media giant has in fact added that if it finds any evidence of data misuse, it would ban the concerned third-party app and notify the people via Help Centre. The company also did something similar to notify people that their information had been shared with Cambridge Analytica by an app called “This Is Your Digital Life”.
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg had announced an app audit on March 22. Also, in a recent a post explaining the “Cambridge Analytica situation” and the steps that the company was taking to mitigate the situation, he added that, “We will investigate all apps that had access to large amounts of information before we changed our platform to dramatically reduce data access in 2014, and we will conduct a full audit of any app with suspicious activity. We will ban any developer from our platform that does not agree to a thorough audit. And if we find developers that misused personally identifiable information, we will ban them and tell everyone affected by those apps”.
The recent situation states that, just under two months, Facebook has already started taking action by suspending the suspicious apps on its platform. While the company does acknowledge that there is still a lot more to be done in order to prevent apps from misusing user data and of course that would take time till the entire investigation is over, the update is definitely a welcoming step towards mitigating the damage already done.